Friday, October 23, 2009

The Alpine Ski World Cup starts tomorrow in Sölden

Tomorrow the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden, Tirol (AUT). The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 12th time in the Tyrolean ski resort.

24.10.2009 Women's Giant Slalom
25.10.2009 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:
09:45 am: 1st run
12:45 pm: 2nd run

Today the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party will be held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.
Tomorrow, starting at 7:00 pm, a side-event will take place in the Freizeit Arena: the Worldcup "Oktoberfest", live music and entertainment by Jetzendorfer Hinterhofmusikanten.
On Monday, 26 October, national holiday in Austria, there's the Gösser Festival with a live concert on the Ö3 Glacier Stage - performed by Wolfgang Ambros, one of Austria's most renowned pop singers. Highlight of the ultimate Gösser Ski Festival will be a mass karaoke performance similar to the event initiated by Pink Floyd in London a couple of months ago. The audience, some of the ski stars and Wolfgang Ambros will present Austria's unofficial hymn live on stage: "Schifoan" (skiing) finally kicks-off the Olympic Winter Season! The song's final saying will be the motto of this year's World Cup Opening: "... the best thing I can do is to stay until Monday!".
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.